Ptosis (Pronounced Tosis)
Ptosis Is the medical term for drooping of the upper eyelid, a condition that may affect one or both upper eyelids. When the level of the upper lid margin falls, it can interfere with the upper field of vision. Symptoms include the following:
- Decreased ability to keep the eyes open
- Eyebrow fatigue from the increased effort needed to raise the eyelids
The outpatient surgery for ptosis is performed under local anesthesia, so there is no need for an overnight stay.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty (Eye Lift)
An upper eyelid blepharoplasty (ectropion) reduces excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids. The overlapping skin often blocks normal vision and has to be corrected to regain a more normal field of vision.
During the outpatient procedure, excess skin and fat is removed. Usually the incision is barely visible and fades over time. A physician might recommend blepharoplasty if a it can improve the field of vision significantly.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
A lower eyelid blepharoplasty (entropion) reduces excess fat and skin in the lower eyelids. As with an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the incision is barely visible and fades over time. A physician might recommend this procedure if it can improve the field of vision significantly.
Entropion is a condition where the eyelid margin turns inward. The lower lashes rub against the eye, causing irritation, scratchiness, tearing, and redness.